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Month: April 2021
Change in how to order test kits for private, voluntary and independent (PVI) nurseries
The process for how PVIs obtain testing kits is changing from 29 April. We are introducing a new online system for re-ordering test kits for testing at home. This means that you will soon be able to re-order test kits and better manage stock levels and deliveries to your nursery.
Updates include: ‘What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19’; and ‘Early years funding: 2021-2022’.
Funding streams include: Hall & Woodhouse Community Chest, The Eric Charles Charitable Trust and The Nora Smith Charitable Settlement.
The Big Ask
The survey from the Children’s Commissioner for England will be live from 19 April until May 19 and asks young people across the country to set out their priorities for improving childhood post-COVID.
Virtual ‘coffee-break catch-up’ sessions
Following the continued success of the virtual ‘coffee-break catch-up’ sessions, further sessions have been planned by the Early Years and Childcare Service for the 26th, 29th and 30 April 2021.
Department for Education and Ofsted updates
Updates include: ‘Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak’; ‘Ofsted publishes updated Education Inspection Framework’; ‘Making a childcare bubble with another household’; ‘Early years inspection handbook’; ‘Reported coronavirus (COVID-19) notifications by registered early years and childcare settings’; ‘Childcare services exempt from registering with Ofsted: form’; and ‘Early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework’.
‘Let’s Get Chatting’
The ‘Let’s Get Chatting’ campaign has just been launched across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay. This is aimed at parents/carers/professionals from antenatal – 5 years.
Community services for children aged 0-2 years – expression of interest survey
Action for Children and Devon County Council are looking at increasing the universal services available to children aged 0-2 years. Please let us know what you currently offer and how you feel you may be able to support this 0-2 offer over the coming year.
Proposed changes to schools
It is proposed by the Directors of Chulmleigh Academy Trust to lower the age ranges of Chulmleigh Primary School, Lapford Community Primary School and East Worlington Primary School from ages 4-11 to ages 2-11 from September 2021.